Morgan County Fair Gets Under Way Tonight – WECO News – Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Morgan County FairThe Morgan County Fair will get underway tonight. Steve Potter is the President of the Morgan County Fair Association. He talks about what folks can expect to see at the fair this week.

POTTER: “Well, this year, one of the new things we’re going to be doing is, we have a rodeo coming in, a bull whip rodeo. There’ll be some bronc riding and bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, clowns. Just things like that. That will be opening night, and that’s another big changes for the fair this year. With it being Labor Day week, the carnival will not be operating until Tuesday night. They have such a long travel to get to where we’re at,they don’t have time to set up on Monday. We’re actually going to be doing a five day fair this year instead of a six-day fair.”

The Morgan County Fair will continue through Saturday.

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Tennessee: 13th Highest Suicide Rate in Nation

Increase Noted Among Middled-Aged Americans

John Michaelson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and mental health experts say taking the steps to possibly save someone’s life does not require any special skills or training. Deb Peddycoart, who works in the field of suicide prevention, said people who are contemplating ending their lives often speak out – and friends, family and neighbors need to listen and take action.

“Too many times, tragically, people will say after a suicide death, ‘Yeah, they said that, but I didn’t think they meant it,’ or they are suffering under the old myth that people who talk about it, don’t do it. So, first and foremost, if someone directly says that they have suicidal thoughts – believe them,” Peddycoart stressed.

In Tennessee, an estimated 850 adults and young people die by suicide each year, making for the 13th highest suicide rate in the country.

While youth are always at heightened risk, elderly white men are at greatest risk, Peddycoart warned, and lately, there has been a troublesome increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, some possibly linked to the down economy of recent years.

“Middle-aged women, as well as middle-aged men – primarily white – are killing themselves in greater numbers,” she said. “Much of the attention has been focused, and rightly so, on adolescent suicide, but for an age group, their suicide rate is not particularly high compared to that of older people.”

Nationally, the suicide rate among people ages 35 to 64 increased by nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

More information is available from the State of Tennessee at http://www.tn.gov/mental/mentalhealthservices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://1.usa.gov.

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Dr. Bill BassDr. Bill Bass, the founder of the Body Farm, will return to Wartburg to do a program on Thursday, Sept. 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Morgan County Schools Central Office.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public and may be purchased for $10 each at the Wartburg Public Library. This evening with Dr. Bill Bass is sponsored by Progressive Savings Bank and is a fund raising activity of the Friends of the Wartburg Library.

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